Saturday, November 2, 2019

Rebuilding Trust: 21 Day Devotional Journal (Healing Trauma Series) by Tami Rene’ Demers

I am pleased to introduce all of you to the book of the day, Rebuilding Trust: 21 Day Devotional Journal (Healing Trauma Series) by Tami Rene’ Demers I feel that it is very appropriate as we head into the holiday season -- a time meant to be with family. Sometimes that is difficult because of past trauma and healing that must take place. I pray that this book brings you peace and healing.

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Forward by Dee Bryant of WomanYouAreLoved.com:This is TRULY a powerful devotional! It's so filled with the Truth of God's Word and open enough to leave room for the healing power of the Holy Spirit to give you a refreshed hope in God's goodwill for your life! I truly appreciate God leading Tami to pen such a dynamic correlation of suffering and trust. It's not always easy to see how disappointments, setbacks, offenses, and trauma can easily, and often insidiously, cause our outlook and expectations of God to become skewed and off-center.This 21-day devotional is meant to take you deeper into the Heart of God to re-establish trust where variations of life’s traumas and trials have brought doubt. I have not added commentaries except personalized prayers so the focus is on His Scriptures and Him speaking to you personally through them. For the Lord Jesus Christ came and died for us all to be healed in our spirits, souls, and bodies. One of the biggest areas that are affected by trauma is in the area of trust. It affects our minds and emotions. Trauma erodes our trust and perspectives of our Father in Heaven, others and ourselves. He is truly the only Trustworthy One and our relationship with Him is what brings us an understanding of our true identity and healing transformation. This devotional is designed to get you to that place of hearing His voice in the Scriptures and in that still small whisper and of how much He loves you and how touched He is by your pain and infirmities. He so desperately wants you to be restored to Him fully and walk in wholeness. This is to help on your journey to go deeper with God and restoration in your true identity. Why journal and Dialogue with God?

1. To be saturated in prayer through the Bible and quiet time listening to His response to you (Psalm 119:15)

2. Offer your faith-filled petitions by being specific in your needs (Psalm 20:5)

3. Tell Him every detail of your life & sit quietly to receive His tender words of mercy, love, kindness, insight, and wisdom for your life. (Hebrews 4:16)

4. Learn to get deeper revelation and understanding from the Scriptures of who He really is as He speaks to you through them and you learn to apply the Word to your life. (James 1:22)

“Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.

So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. 

Friday, November 1, 2019

George Loves A Stick by L.M. Dunn

George Loves a Stick by L. M. Dunn

This book is about a dog named George and his love of sticks. He loves to run for them after they have been thrown by his hoo-mom. And, he gets in a tug-of-war with his brother over a stick. The bigger the stick the better.





A GHOST TOO MANY by J. Thomas Witcher


J. Thomas Witcher


A GHOST TOO MANY



Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.



I am an Air Force Brat who grew up in a lot of different places, including England. I started writing when I was small. I liked to make up stories and put my classmates in them, mostly bloody murder mysteries. They made me popular. Either like me or I'd make you the victim in my next story.
I joined the Marines after high school (I thought writers needed actual life experience) and spent a tour in Vietnam where people who didn't know me kept shooting at me. Hint. Life experiences aren't always the best way to go.


I came home to Georgia, went to a community college, and tried to write in the manner of the writers I enjoyed reading. Then one day I discovered I wasn't enjoying writing anymore. It wasn't fun. I stopped for a few years. I ended up retired in the north Georgia mountains and I wrote my first book about a detective in the mountains. I enjoyed it because I stopped trying to write like somebody else.


Then I got this idea about a cozy ghost story. I'm not sure former marines are supposed to enjoy writing cozy mysteries, but I loved writing this one. It was fun again. That's my goal. Somebody can read a ghost too many and not worry about gritty realism. Just think of it as entertainment.



What inspired you to author this book?


I wanted to do something that was fun. A ghost story is always fun, unless, of course, you do the deep, dark stuff. I wanted this one to be something you could read at the beach but still had enough adult drama to keep the interest. And a few laughs along the way. And of course, I started getting really caught up in the characters after a while.






Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?


Covers are hard. I'm not artistic. But honestly, I wanted something that said mystery but wasn't scary. I wasn't sure what fits, but I liked a lot of the illustrated covers. I'm not sure it came out exactly right, but I like it.



Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?


That's a tough one. Lots of people. But I'd have to say the greatest influence was a high school teacher who read one of my short stories and then spent the next four years encouraging me to write. She also encouraged me to join her Latin classes, saying it would help my craft. I'm not sure that worked, but I sure loved the teacher.



What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?


This was not a hard book to write. I have written short stories that required a lot more of me. This book kind of rushed off the pages, and I guess the trick was that I enjoyed the characters so much. The hardest trouble was going back and taking out some of the characters that had no part in the flow of the story. I didn't want to get rid of them.




Tell your readers about your book.


A Ghost too many is about a woman who found out her husband was cheating on her, and then he died. She works for a campus police department, as a sort of secretary, but she's from a coastal community in Georgia. She's asked to return as police chief, and she does so very reluctantly because she doesn't feel qualified and because she had some family issues she doesn't want to face. Then her dead husband shows up an irritating ghost, and a murdered woman is found on the beach. Another ghost to contend with.





Who is your target audience, and why?


I didn't have a real target audience in mind. I know that's probably not professional.



What do you consider your greatest success in life?


I suppose it's living this long. grin. No, seriously. My great success is my two grandchildren.

Now if you're talking about the future, then if one of my stores ever shows up on the Hallmark Channel, then my family would be thrilled.



What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?


I think I have a pretty good sense of humor that shows in the writing and I think I have a lot of those life experiences that give me insights into character. And I admit I'm a bit of romantic, which helps.


BOOK OF THE DAY

The Dead-End Road Devotional: Fishing for Principles and Truths on Life's Journey Kindle Edition


AUTHOR - BILL FIX


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When a road in life suddenly ends, what do you do? Are you looking for life to make sense in these times? A few simple principles with profound truths can help. Read The Dead End Road Devotional and discover that when the road ends a new journey begins.

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o A journey at the end of the road,

o Three Paths we all travel in life,

o What to do with snags, tangles, and hang-ups,

o How not to allow hooks to destroy relationships,

o Proper responses to lures, lies and location,

o Why we never want to but must leave the mountain top, and

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Lucinda Heck and her book A GERMAN IN A FOREIGN LAND


I hope everyone had a safe Holloween. I finally got out of the emergency room only to find out that one of my best friend's wife was also in the emergency room. What a night. In my case, I have been sick with a nasty ear infection and sinus infection. The medicine they prescribed interacted with the Synthroid that I take for my thyroid and the side effects mimicked a heart attack. Needless to say, I got tricked and treated yesterday. I learned a valuable lesson -- never take a new medication without looking and investigating the interactions with your current medications. I won't be doing that again any time soon.

Now I want to introduce you to another author, Lucinda Heck and her book A GERMAN IN A FOREIGN LAND. If you like historical fiction, you'll love this one.

LUCINDA HECK - AUTHOR



A GERMAN IN A FOREIGN LAND



Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.



I am a graduate of the University of Illinois, where I received a doctorate in vocal performance. I was a professional singer opera and oratorio with orchestras throughout the midwest. I also taught at the university level for 25 years of teaching voice and humanities. I also was on the National Board of the Lilly Foundation of Arts and Sciences. I have given lectures nationally on Schubert and Beethoven. My performance of Hugo Wolf's Moerke Lieder with pianist and conductor Lionel Friend of London, England was reviewed as one of the top ten performances of the decade by the Omaha World Herald. I grew up in the Cleveland, Ohio area where many of the ethnic Germans immigrated to between the two world wars. My grandparents on both sides of my family were ethnic Germans who lived in what is now Serbia. I went to Serbia two years ago for research and to see the village, Schowe, in which they grew up. I also went to see the Mass grave of ethnic German in a village a few miles away from Schowe in Jarek in which thousands of ethnic Germans were buried. Men and boys from the area were conscripted into the SS Waffen Division Prinz Eugen in which I believe some of the members of my family served.




What inspired you to author this book?
After reading the interviews of family members who lived in Schowe, I heard about the Genocide of the ethnic Germans for the first time. I was in my sixties and have never heard of this and was horrified that I did not know and that no one talked about it. I started my research and knew I had to write their story. I did three years of research and then started the book.



Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
The cover is a photo of unknown relatives of mine from Schowe.



Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
Mr. John Wustman, a world-renowned coach accompanist, is my teacher and mentor and has been a major influence in my life and study of music. In regards to writing, I am not sure. I am an avid reader and read about three books at a time. They are found in every room of the house.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
I really didn't have any struggles. In some ways, it wrote itself.

Tell your readers about your book.
The above information tells about the book. I also tried to show the humanizing influences of music and the destructive influences of nationalism and racism. I feel that this is an important part of the book, but I have not hit people over the head. I left that up to the reader to discern. Also, I tried to make no judgments about the people and narrators in the book. They are who they are and a result of the times in which they lived.


Who is your target audience, and why?

My target audience is everyone who likes historical fiction and is interested in the history of Germany, I plan to write a book about the people who immigrated to American and became Americans because this is also an important part of the story of ethnic Germans


What do you consider your greatest success in life?


My performance of Schubert's Winterreise with John Wustman, the performance of Hugo Wolf's Moerike lieder with Lionel Friend, and my national lectures on Beethoven and Schubert.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

The absolute passion and drive I had to bring this story to a large audience. I had to find my home, Heimat in German, and know who I am and what my family sacrificed for me.



Thursday, October 31, 2019

Discovering The Covering by Shamicka Toney


Today is Halloween and all the ghosts, goblins, Jokers, princesses and the likes will be coming knocking on our doors. Yea! That is my favorite part seeing all the kids dressed up and families having a great night of fun. With that, there comes warnings -- watch for children with specific color buckets as they alert you as to whether they can have peanuts or allergic to chocolate. They also indicate a special needs child who might have autism. Be mindful of these and help keep all children safe.

LATEST BOOK RELEASE BY ABSOLUTE AUTHOR PUBLISHING HOUSE

Dr. Carol Michaels, founder, of Absolute Author Publishing House, and I are proud to have our latest author, Shamicka C. Toney join us and our other authors. Her book, "Discovering the Covering" is very impressive as a debut novel.

About the Book

While celebrating the biggest acquittal in her firm's history, Amia's phone rings. The sobbing on the other line meant life - as she'd known it - was about to change forever. Her faith is tested like never before as she embarks on an unexpected rescue mission.

At the same time, a family secret surfaces and threatens to destroy her entire world.

The book is available on Amazon right now and soon will be available on Barnes and Noble and Ingram Sparks..

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Shamicka C. Toney

Discovering The Covering

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Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.



I have been married for sixteen years and get to enjoy three children though I've only given birth to one child (I got two amazing bonuses when I married my awesome husband). I am the only trace of estrogen in my testosterone-infused abode.

My love for writing started in my early teens when I began receiving regular accolades from teachers for my writing and creativity. I would even write short stories in my free time or when I was bored. There was and still is something alluring about creating characters and spinning their lives into multiple plots.

I am the oldest of three children. My father was in the ARMY, so we lived in multiple states and spent six years in Germany while growing up. While I hated making friends and leaving them less than three years later, I wouldn't trade my upbringing for anything. Having experienced multiple cultures, both domestic and abroad has helped shape me. Because we traveled so often, my sister, brother, and I had to meet new people and make friends regularly, and I got really good at it. As a result, I am one of the most conversational people you'll ever meet. My mom used to (and probably still does) say that I would talk to the wall if it stands there long enough. Another interesting thing about being a military brat is whenever I'm asked where I'm from, my response always starts something like, "Well ummm. . . or How much time do you have?"

I'm living proof that Multiple Sclerosis affects sexy people and I have been fighting this disease for just over ten years. There have been times when I've been unable to walk, times when I've been unable to see, and times when it feels like someone's taking a blow torch to my left shoulder, arm, and foot. There is also the majority of the time when I'm fine and the sun couldn't shine any brighter. Because of this condition, I have learned to appreciate the beauty in every day.

When I retire, my plan is to live in a log cabin by the lake with a pole in the water and exploring the mountains in my Jeep Wrangler sans doors roof. Please note, my cabin will have Berber carpet, granite counters and stainless steel appliances - just saying.

I'm a woman of faith who has seen the hand of God in my and my family's lives. There is no question that I am beyond blessed. I have a cup-half-full disposition because of His love, favor, and grace. There is always a silver lining. No matter what the situation, there is always something to be grateful and to give praise for.

What inspired you to author this book?



This story came to me while I was in the shower one evening in 2003. I didn't start writing until 2005 when I had a dream about it. I immediately fell in love with the two main characters. They were people whom you wanted to know, whom you cared about. They had stories to tell that people could relate to and as I kept building out the story, I started to feel that these characters and their lives could be testimonies to people around the world.

It took me sixteen years to write this story because life got in the way. While I don't normally do New Year's Resolutions, I did for 2019. I promised myself that this year, I would conquer my fears. I would finish this book and put it out there, and whatever happens, will happen.

Even though I allowed years to go by while writing this book, I couldn't stop thinking about these characters and their contributions to the lives of everyone who gets to know them. I know that people will see themselves or someone that they know in this book. It's a story of faith, love, forgiveness, and redemption.

This book is infused with perfectly imperfect people. It is full of juicy drama, shady suspense, and forbidden love - all of which is dipped repeatedly in multiple layers of delicious milk chocolate faith.



Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?


I wanted to show the main character, Amia, basking in the joy of her blessings. Even though life launched curveballs her way, she still exudes this peace and happiness. The blurry 'bubbles' bring additional inspiration. I like to think that this is indicative of Christ, who is ever-present in our lives and is definitely by Amia's side. I also love that we don't see her full face. I want the reader to imagine this woman and also to see themselves wrapped in that sweater with the sun shining on their faces.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?


My 12th grade English teacher, Ms. Williams had the most significant influence on me as a writer. She called me a brilliant writer and read excerpts of one of my papers to the entire class. She told me that I should consider writing in the future because I was really good at it. While it took me over twenty years to publish my first book, I have never forgotten Ms. Williams' words.

To every teacher, you have the power to change the world.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?


Mentally - Fear and self-doubt were the biggest challenges. Yes, Christians who love God still face fears and doubts. Satan doesn't leave you alone because you're saved. In fact, he often tries to hit harder. I had all of the fears and doubts: "What if it's not good? What if no one is interested in your book? What if you're wasting your and everyone else's time."

Personally - I sprinkled pieces of myself and my personal life into several characters and that level of personal exposure is sometimes scary. That said, many of the characters have more dimension because I could paint their experiences more vividly.

Physically - I had several flares of MS over the years. During many of these periods, the writing was impossible.






Tell your readers about your book.



I am so excited to introduce Discovering the Covering. It's the story of a young college grad who has just begun her dream career. She's excelling at her job, being showered with awards, and is one of the most desirable women in Pittsburgh. At the height of her short, decorated career, she gets a call that flips her world on its ear. Her faith is tested as she engages in the fight of her life. At the same time, an inconspicuously hidden secret changes everything she knows about herself and her perfect family.

Who is your target audience, and why?


My target audience is women, men, and young adults in general. I think African-Americans especially will gravitate towards this book because they will see themselves or someone they know in these characters. Everyone, regardless of race and gender will cheer for and be touched by these characters. You know these 'people'. They're your friends, relatives and family members.

The Genre's are Drama, Christian, and Romance. I have weaved vast amounts of faith throughout this book, so there is a wide-spread religious appeal. One thing to note about Discovering The Covering is that there are real-world issues portrayed. There are imperfect people who sometimes do things that imperfect people do. There are bad criminals who do things that bad criminals do. This is not the smell the roses on every page that you find in most Christian books, and that puts Discovering The Covering in a lane of its own.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?


Besides being chosen to be mom and stepmom to my beautiful boys and being able to influence their development into the men they are today and being saved by Grace, I would say my greatest success thus far comes from conquering my fears.

This year, I stepped off of a building and rappelled all the way down. I underwent a personal evolution during that 13-story descent. Standing backward on the edge of that building, I was utterly petrified. As I began to scale its surface, my persona moved from sheer terror and regret to afraid and uncertain. That was followed by comfort and confidence. By the time my feet touched the ground, I was exuberant and invincible.

I have God in my corner, and I have scaled a 13-story building. I can literally do anything.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?


I have had some amazing life experiences as well as some that I'd rather forget, but all of these have influenced my writing. I've learned to laugh at myself and paint pictures with words. I've learned to laugh at myself while painting pictures with words. I'm gutsy; I'm creative. I'm a sponge who is ready to share all of the blessings I've been blessed within my life.